The Royal Standard of England
Muddy says: A quintessentially English pub with a dark cosy interior dating back centuries and a large garden with views. Traditional pub grub, family-friendly and dogs welcome.
If you like your pub oozing history at every turn with curiosities, nooks and crannies, real log fires and a convivial atmosphere, then the Royal Standard is for you. There’s some kind of dwelling on the site for a thousand years with ale being brewed by an ale wife (the brewers were generally women) and the Brewster’s cottage becoming an alehouse. Apparently, it’s the oldest freehold pub in England and as you enter its dark interior through ancient wooden doors across Medieval tiled floors, it certainly looks the part. So much so that it’s been used as a location for a whole raft of films, from The Theory of Everything, Hot Fuzz and Midsomer Murders. Expect traditional hearty British food like roasts, fish and chips and local game here. For summer there’s a large garden – so no surprise to hear that kids and dogs are welcome.